National Workshop on Counter-Writing: Dalits and Other Subalterns

Centre for Comparative Literature

School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad




30-31 October, 2014


Concept Note

Ancient India produced literature of the feudal lords in the divine language called Sanskrit. Culture of the elites was projected as the culture of the Indian Nation. In practice the language spoken by the people in their respective territories/regions and cultural practices adopted by them serve a glaring contrast in literary practices which were patronized by the rulers. Cultural reflections of the elite few ran through the ancient literature. Denial of education to the lower order besides practicing socio-economic and literary oppression is an unpleasant episode in the life of the oppressed. Though there was a spiritual voice against social inequality through the Bhakti movements across the country, social emancipation could not be in sight. Song, a timeless genre played a tremendous role through the Bhakti movement and continued its trajectory into the post-modern period in different forms. Its power might have been solidified into poetry as a tool of protest for the subaltern classes today.

History unfolds the fact that the social issues of dalits and other subalterns were not accepted for publication. B.R. Ambedkar’s Muknayak, a literary organ, was born in this backdrop. In the affirmative writing by non-dalits about dalit life, though it created space in the literary world, it remained only as a discourse of pity until dalits themselves came up with their own writing. Dalit writing redefines the entire existing literary practice with a different idiom which runs counter to the so called mainstream literature. Books like Jyotirao Phule’s Gulamgiri, a counter canonical work in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, which created social awareness among the oppressed sections is equally concerned with the plight of upper caste women, the miseries of the labour and the humiliation of the low castes. It has been inspirational to the de-privileged to deconstruct the established literary tradition and re-establish their social identity.

Black literature has overwhelmingly influenced the writers of the Indian margins in the post-colonial period. Testimonial writing of the Blacks became an inspiration for counter-writing by dalits and women alike. Dalit Panthers Movement in Maharastra needs to be understood from this context. And also, this became recourse to producing Dalit autobiographies being known as narratives of pain which need to be understood from this context. Apart from dalits, other subalterns include women, tribals, gays, religious and linguistic minorities who started writing in different genres about their life experiences against negative portrayal in the literary works produced by the dominant few in the past.

The workshop intends to focus on the writings of various margins who have deconstructed the traditional/established canon and have created a new aesthetics in their literary practice. The workshop further explores the persisting socio-cultural issues of the subalterns whose historical subjugation has been countered through various discourses and literary practices from the inclusive perspective. This national event would hopefully create a broader spectrum of the subaltern literary and socio-cultural debates on the relevant theme.


Representation of caste/gender in dalit and non-dalit writing from binary perspective

Constructing self-hood- testimonies of Dalit men/women narratives of pain

Counter-writing as a different/parallel literary tradition

Women’s perspectives through self-narratives and discourses on patriarchal issues

Counter-writing as a voice of assertion/ a tool of emancipation

Use of local idiom/dialect against canonical writing

Counter- discourses/representation in media and films


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Deadline for the Submission of Abstracts: 28-09-2014


Notification of shortlisted abstracts: 30-09-2014


One-way bus/train fare (as per UGC norms) would be reimbursed and Hospitality would be extended to the delegates during the workshop. No Registration Fee is collected.


Dr. J. Bheemaiah

 Workshop Convener

Raw Con 2014 Programme Schedule

Raw Con 2014 Programme Schedule

10th September 2014, Wednesday

09.30 am – 10.30 am: Inaugural Session: Auditorium, School of Humanities

Welcome: Prof. Tutun Mukherjee, Head, CCL, UoH

Introduction: Mr. Kalyan Mungamuri

Remarks of Guest of Honour: Prof. E. Haribabu, PVC, UoH

Inaugural Address by Chief Guest: Mr. Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati, India

Remarks of Chair: Prof. Amitabha Dasgupta, Dean, School of Humanities, UoH

Vote of Thanks: Mr. Abu Saleh


10.30 – 11.15: Key Note Address: Prof. Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, USA:

“Heterodoxy and Textuality”

11.15 am – 11.30 am: Tea Break

11.30 am – 12.15 pm: Plenary Session I

Mr. Kingshuk Nag, Resident Editor, The Times of India, Hyderabad

“The Making of The Second Republic”

12.15 – 1.00: Plenary Session II

Google Search Quality Team: “Learning & Research with Google”


01.00 pm – 02.00 pm: Lunch Break


02.00 pm – 03.30 pm: Paper Session I @ Auditorium

Literature and Representation: Chair: Nitish Bhooshetty, Gulbarga

Deepali Yadav (DU): Of Pictures and People – A Study into the Genre of Graphical Biographies

Smitha Chandran (NIT R): Sports Decision as a Classed Practice: Reading Sports Autobiographies

Watitula Longkumer (IIT Indore): Forming Space and Recognition through Writing: A Study on the Emerging Trends of Literatures from North East

Somjyoti Mridha (NEHU): Exile and its Aftermath: A Study of Kashmiri Pandit Narratives

02.00 pm – 03.30 pm: Paper Session II (Parallel) @ Lecture Hall

Space and Performance: Chair: Barath Nataraj, NEHU

Dipakkumar Mangalbhai Barkhade (UoH): Margins and Popular Culture: Dukhdarshak Natak: Struck between Laughter and Pathos

P. Muralidhar Sharma (Sambalpur University): Sexuality, History, Nation: Amrapali in Twentieth Century Indian Literatures and Cultures

Vinita Teresa (UoH): Gendering Mimicry: Performance of Gender in Comedy Reality Shows in Malayalam Television Channels

Ronojoy Sircar     (JMI): On Invoking Space: A Case for Khirki Village


03.30 pm – 03.45 pm: Tea Break


03.45 pm – 05.15 pm: Paper Session III @ Auditorium

Body and Culture: Chair: Dr. A. Kishore Kumar Reddy, Ambedkar University

MRaghavi Ravi Kasthuri (NIT, Trichy): Cancer, I’m gonna’ kick your butt”: Fashion and Triumphalism in Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s Cancer Vixen: A True Story medicine:

Devaleena Kundu (EFLU): Thanatology as the Emerging Lens of Critical Understanding

Sheeja Rajagopal            (IIT Madras): Narrating Breast Cancer in the Virtual World

Hashif. K (Manuu): Disability in Partition Narratives: A Discourse of Body Politic in the Postcolonial Context with Reference to Bapsi Sidwa’s Novel Cracking India and Sadat Hasan Manto’s Short Story Toba Tek Sing

03.45 pm – 05.15 pm: Paper Session IV (Parallel) @ Lecture Hall

Women and Subjectivity: Chair: Huma Kidwai, Hyderabad

Chetna C (BHU): To be or not to be: the Indian Woman as Viewed by Tarabai Shinde and Pandita Ramabai

Diki Bhutia            (Sikkim University): Question of Women Subjugation: A Case Study of Tibetan Women

Madhurima Majumder (UoH): Women in Festival Space: A Study of Durga Puja

Abhisek Bhakat (GGCU, Bilaspur):Exploration of the Blind Spot of Women’s Psyche in Alice Munro’s Short-story The Love of a Good Women

06.30 pm – 07.30 pm: Cultural Programme at DST Auditorium

Ismat Ek Aurat (A Hindi Play): Vinay Varma’s Sutradhar Theatre Group, Hyderabad


11th September 2014, Thursday


09.30 am – 10.30 am: Plenary Session III: Prof. Zoya Hasan, JNU, New Delhi

“Democracy and the Crisis of Inequality in India”


10.30 – 11.00: Plenary Session IV: Amita Desai, Director, Goethe Zentrum, Hyderabad

“German Fellowships and Opportunities”

11.00 am – 11.15 am: Tea Break


11.15 am – 12.45 pm: Paper Session V @ Auditorium

Sexualities: Chair:  Dr. Akshay Kumar Rath, NIT Rourkela

Oindri Roy (EFLU            ): Engendering, Un-gendering and Mis-gendering: A Comparative Inquiry into the Queer Self as the Autobiographical Personal and the Theoretical Subject

Asijit Datta (JU, Kol): The Absence of Male Homosexuality in Indian Pornography and Ways of Reading Conversations with the Camera

Sagorika Singha (JNU): And Thou Shalt Love: Queer Cinephilia and Virtual Fandom in India

Saroja Ganapathy (IIT Bombay): Music, Mediation and Sexual Politics: A Reading of S.L. Bhyrappa’s Mandra

11.15 am – 12.45 pm: Paper Session VI (Parallel) @ Lecture Hall

Identity and Politics: Chair: Y. Suresh Babu, Presidency University, Kolkata

Shabeena Kuttay (JMI): Power and Resistance: Intellectual Response to Contemporary Social Movements in India

Debasis Mondal (Visva Bharati): Patterns of Communication Channels in Rural Areas: A Study on Social Change of the Schedule Tribes in India

Niloshree Bhattacharya (UoH): Negotiating ‘Local’ and ‘Global’ Identities and Discourses: A Study of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and La via Campesina

Shaona Barik(Visva Bharati):Knowledge Production about the Indian Ascetics by the British in the Turn of the Century

12.45 pm – 01.45 pm: Lunch Break


1.45 pm – 3.15 pm: Paper Session VII @ Auditorium

Cyber Space and Culture: Chair: Anjali Lal Gupta, UoH

Anubhav Pradhan (JMI): Investigating Sherlock: Blogposts, Tweets, and Beyond

Minu Susan Koshy (EFLU): When “Objects turn “Things”: Online Shopping, Knowledge Production and the Indian Middle Class

Saidul Haque (UoH): ‘Is There Wi-Fi In Heaven’!!! A Study of Dead Facebook Users’ Profiles, Online Memorial and Digital Mourning

Ankur Konar (University of Burdwan): Of City Space: Representation of Calcutta in Book Covers

1.45 pm – 3.15 pm: Paper Session VIII (Parallel) @ Lecture Hall

Print Media: Chair: Bhargav Nimmagadda, UoH

Vennela Rayavarapu (UoH): India or Bharat: A Portrait of Language Ideologies in Andhra Patrika

Nivedita Narsapuram (Independent): Exploring Newspaper Articles Expanded into Published Books

Sameer Ahmad Kuchay & Zargar Adil Ahmad   (University of Kashmir): Linguo-Stylistic Analysis of News Paper Headlines: A Case Study of English News Papers of Kashmir Valley

Ved Prakash (JNU): Photographing the Sound and the Fury: War Photography and New Media

03.15 pm – 03.30 pm: Tea Break


3.30 pm – 5.00 pm: Paper Session IX @ Auditorium

Culture and Marginality: Chair: Kamble Omprakash, UoH

Pratibha Biswas (JMI):Polemics and Poetics of Bhimayana: Towards a New Literary Culture

Sudarshan Ashok Bahware (Marathwada University):Namdeo Dhasal’s Golpitha: The Poetry of Revolt

Siddharth Y. Khandare (UoH): Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Impact on Dalit Literature: A Study

Divya Shah (CUG):City and Body: A Study of Selected Poems of Namdeo Dhasal

Minati Sinha (IIT Delhi): Urban Children Born to Migrant Parents: A Study of Delhi Slums

3.30 pm – 5.00 pm: Paper Session X (Parallel) @ Lecture Hall

Folk and Culture: Chair: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Sarkar, Kalyani University, WB

A. Srinivasa Rao (JNTU H): Archiving of Folk Art and Forms – New Paradigms in Digital Domains

Shabnam Parveen (JNU): Ecofeminism in the Khortha Folktales of Jharkhand

Manzoor Ahmad Najar (AMU): Sustaining Kashmiri Ethos by Archiving its Folk Art Forms

Pardeep Kaur (CUP): Facets of Marginality in Contemporary Punjabi Music

Naseer Ahmad Naseer (Manuu):Ecocriticism A 21st Century Discourse and a Way Ahead

5.15 pm – 7.30 pm: Films & Documentaries by Students


Siddharth Ojha: Dervish, A Spiritual Sojourn (2014, 40 mins, Hindi/Urdu)

Nandi Chinni Kumar: Flycatcher (2010, 16 mins, Silent)

Jhelum Chataraj: Itihas Ke Khoj (2013, 16 mins, Hindi)

Md. Intaj Ali: Baul Beyond Tradition and Modernity (2012, 40 mins, Bengali)



12th September 2014, Friday @ ASIHSS Hall


09.30 am – 11.00 am: Plenary Session V: Dr. Abdul Halim, NTM, Mysore

“The Politics of Determinacy in Translation Studies”


11.00 am – 11.15 am: Tea Break


11.15 am – 12.45 pm: Paper Session XI @ ASIHSS Hall

Women and Virtual World: Chair: Gauri Nori, AISFM, Hyderabad

Amrita Singh (DU): The Girl at Risk: Media Technologies and Urban Contemporary Young-adult Sexuality in India

Remya Krishnan A. V. (University of Calicut):Platter as a Platform: Scrutinizing Food Blogs by Women in India

Samik Malla (IIT Madras): The Violence in Humour: Rape, Jokes and Videotape

Aruna Bhat (University of Jammu): Virtual Culture and Wired Existences: Visions of Real versus Unreal: A Study of William Gibson’s The Sprawl Trilogy

11.15 am – 12.45 pm: Paper Session XII (Parallel) @ Lecture Hall

Translation and Network: Chair: Niveditha K, Central University of Gujarat

Rindon Kundu (JU, Kol):Interpreting ‘Translation’ and Anubad through Etymological Prism

Reema Chowdhary (IIT Indore): Fiction into Film: Intertextuality and Fidelity in Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children

Indrani Bhattacharya (JU, Kol): Ideology Network

Raza Naeem (UCPL, Lahore, Pakistan):Comrade Manto: Revisiting Saadat Hasan Manto’s Progressive Writings

12.45 pm – 01.45 pm: Lunch Break


01.45 pm – 03.15 pm: Paper Session XIII @ ASIHSS Hall

Celluloid: Chair: Dr. Vamshi Krishna Reddy, NIT Rourkela

Harshit Nigam      (DU):  The Rights and The Wrongs: Mythologizing Gandhi through the Celluloid

Manju E. P.            (UoH): Films as Self Conscious Archives: An Analysis on the basis of Malayalam Cinema

Vibhushan Subba (JNU): Cinephilia Undead: The Rise of B-movie Cinephilia

Ashna Mary Jacob (IIT Indore):From Susanna Anna Marie Yeats to Susanna Anna Marie Johannes – A Comparative Study of Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands (both short story and novella) and the Movie Adaptation 7 Khoon Maaf


03.15 pm – 03.30 pm: Tea Break


03.30 – 05.00 pm: Book Release and Valedictory Session @ ASIHSS Hall

Gargi Saha: Letters to Him

R. P. Singh: The Flee Market and Other Plays

Dr. Ruksana Siddiqui: Translation of Jala-Tu-Jalal Tu by Prabodh Kumar Govil


Valedictory Address: Prof. Swapna Banerjee Guha, TISS Mumbai:

“Globalising Media and Culture: Emerging Issues”




13th September 2014, Saturday


7.00 am onwards: UoH Rock and Lake Walk with Campus Walkers

Starting Point: Guest House, UoH


2.00 pm onwards: Visit to Golkonda Fort/Charminar/Shilparamam